23 September 2020, Kathmandu
The Ministry of Health and Population (MoHP) has recommended imposing a strict lockdown for a month, citing the rapid rise in the rate of coronavirus infection in the country.
A meeting of the Incident Command System under the MOHP on Wednesday morning recommended for the closure of all public services and businesses for a month, said spokesperson Dr Jageshwar Gautam.
“A meeting of the Incident Command System under the ministry has recommended that all services and businesses should not be opened for a month,” said Gautam, adding that the situation is “alarming”.
There are currently 17,000 active COVID-19 cases in Nepal. The ministry has also recommended to the government to impose lockdown again if the number of active infected people reach 25,000.
“It has been recommended to impose lockdown if the active cases surpass 25,000,” he said.
It may be noted that a total of 1,172 new cases of COVID-19 were recorded in the country in the past 24 hours.
The coronavirus tally has reached 67,804 with the fresh cases in the country, Dr. Gautam said on Wednesday.